Episode 208 – White as a Ghost (in the Shell)

As images of Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi are making waves on the internet, Tom is confronted with a disappointed fan of Ghost in the Shell. This causes him to ask the others about their opinions on Hollywood’s growing habit of exploiting “yellowface”.

There's no proof at all that you are a living, thinking life form!

Geekly Weekly Round Up –
Love Letter: Star Wars
Origins Game Fair
MegaCon
Tak: A Beautiful Game
The Lies of Locke Lamora
23andMe

The NEWStravaganza -
Give Us Legends
Apple Watch Battery Band Disabled
Chinese Prove Reproduction Works in Space
Xbox 360 Production Ends
Dark Souls Kickstarter Funds in Three Minutes

Show Notes -
Why Does Hollywood Whitewash Asian Characters?
Visual Effects to Make White Actors Appear Asian
Race and Cloud Atlas
Frustrations of an Asian American Whedonite
Idris Elba Blasts Thor Casting Debate

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Episode 207 – Roguish Stranger

With two blockbuster trailers released this week, the nerds are sure to be abuzz with excitement. Listen in as they discuss what they liked and didn’t like about the first looks at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Marvel’s Doctor Strange!

Doctor Strange: The Sith Lord Supreme

Geekly Weekly Round Up –
C-3PO Comic
Black Desert
Fury of Dracula
Lap Dance
TableTop Day
Emerald City ComiCon
Little Brigade
Tentacle Kitty

The NEWStravaganza -
Man Arrested for Using Cell Phone Jammer
Jigsaw Ransomware
Oculus Rift Suffers Botched Launch
Rockstar Games Sued for $150 Million
Algae Bottle Breaks Down as Soon as Empty

Show Notes -
Marvel’s Doctor Strange
Marvel What If
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Old Master – Twilight of the Apprentice Preview

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Episode 206 – Datalore

Running a TOR node brings unwanted attention to a Seattle couple. Meanwhile, a trove of tax dodger data surfaces in Panama. Taking care to encrypt the recording, the guys discuss the good and bad aspects of data and its accessibility or lack thereof.

Often Wrong's got a broken heart - Can't even tell his boys apart.

Geekly Weekly Round Up –
The Adventure Game Store
Kassia
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Poe Dameron #1
WrestleMania
The Empire Strips Back

The NEWStravaganza -
China’s Drive-and-Seek Police Cars
Sphero’s BB-8 Watches TFA With You
God of War 4 to be Norse Themed
Bottled Instinct
ICP Deckbuilding Game

Show Notes -
Couple Hosting TOR Exit Node Raided by Cops Investigating Child Abuse
The Panama Papers
Iceland’s PM Steps Down
71% Want The Dark Net Shut Down

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Episode 205 – Required Reading

Anticipating the Summer Blockbuster season to come, Brian contemplates the summer reading list required to fill in all the on-screen blanks. Should movies tell the whole story?

3,000 pages?!

Geekly Weekly Round Up –
Twilight of the Apprentice
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Hardcore Henry

Show Notes -
The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Animatrix
Cloverfield
10 Cloverfield Lane

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Episode 204 – Euro Reality

While the downsides of his European vacation beset Kam, Tom and Brian carry on to discuss the newly announced PlayStation VR bundles, and whether or not to be an early adopter.

When did I have the power? When?

Geekly Weekly Round Up –
10 Cloverfield Lane
Geocaching
Behind the Seeds
Emerald City Comicon

The NEWStravaganza -
Wii U Stepping Aside for NX?

Show Notes -
PlayStation VR
Lawnmower Man
RIGS Mechanized Combat League
Disclosure

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Episode 203 – Black Desert Online

As the majority of the cast prepares to travel the world, Brian ventures forth into the newest online world – Black Desert Online. Listen in as he reports on his early findings, before things are taken off topic by the gang’s reactions to some recent movie trailers.

Well, I wasn't using those hours of my life anyway...

The NEWStravaganza -
Air France Jet Buzzed by Drone
Meet the Cast of Gears of War 4
3D-Printed Nude Selfies
Ear Canal Authentication
Mac Ransomware

Show Notes -
Black Desert Online
MMORPG Addiction
Warcraft Trailer
Ghostbusters (2016) Trailer

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Episode 202 – Useless Eaters?

Now that Artificial Intelligence is one step closer to replacing the need for humans, the nerds ponder what life will be like once we become tertiary. Will nearly perfect efficiency and mechanical precision lead to a Utopian age for humanity, or are we seeing the first stages of our last days? I, for one, welcome our new mechanical overlords!

The Three Laws will lead to only one logical outcome.

Geekly Weekly Round Up –
The Hammer Trinity
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses
GI Joe FLAK Cannon
GobbleStones
Hal Mangold at The Advanture Game Store
BraveRats
Batman: Arkham Origins
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
Zootopia

The NEWStravaganza -
Seagate Employee’s W-2s Exposed
China’s Life Score System
Apple Fined $450 Million Over Price Fixing
Does Pluto Have Clouds?
AI Defeats Humans at Go

Show Notes -
AI Defeats Humans at Go!
The Three Laws of Robotics
I, Robot
Lieutenant Reginald Endicott “Reg” Barclay III
Socratic Method

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Episode 201 – Super Twosday

In honor of our nation’s electoral process, The Nerdstravaganza celebrates Super Twosday! In our version however, we decide which of our favorite films we’ll be beseeching our newly elected overlords for a sequel as soon as they assume the throne.

It's gunna be terrific!

Geekly Weekly Round Up –
Florida Renaissance Festival
Galak-Z on PS4
Star Wars Battlefront – Outer Rim
WWE2K16

The NEWStravaganza -
New Legend of Zelda for NZ Launch?
Kanye West Caught Using Pirate Bay
Laser Eyewear Projects Images Onto Retina
Self-Driving Car Hits Bus
MobilECG Business Cards

Show Notes -
Primary Colors
Enemy Mine
The Wraith
The Sixth Sense
Baby – Secret of the Lost Legend
True Lies
Laserblast
Armageddon
Forest Gump
ET – The Extra-Terrestrial
They Live
Strange Brew

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A Year of Marvels #1 – February 2016 Edition

A Year of Marvels #1 – February 2016 Edition

As far as stand-alone snippets of super hero stories go, a single ruined night in Spider-man’s life isn’t all that exciting, but I guess February doesn’t have a wealth of holidays to explore. The story is actually pretty sweet in a way, as long as you overlook how little sense it makes. Why Spidey would miss his big date to fight The Vulture, then just turn him loose to terrorize the city again is one mystery clearly best not pondered in these pages.

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Deadpool Mercs For Money #1

Deadpool Mercs For Money #1

As you might expect from the dead-on title, this series is about Deadpool leading a group of mercenaries willing to do your dirty work for money. The group of mercs is, naturally, a total mess of weirdos and freaks – some of which are pretty interesting characters in their own right. The comic loses something, though, by trying not to focus too heavily on any one character. Every one has their moment, but that just feels like a bunch of one-liners with some violence slapped on to make it a book.

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